Populate Excel Table with VBA Code

Hi Guys,

I created a list box in Excel 2013 using the 'Data Validation' button and linked the source to a table in a different sheet. The reason I linked it to a table is the values will be changing and the list box will continue to grow. I couldn't think of another way to do it. The values for the list box are coming from an Access Database using the code below. I used Name Manager to give the table a name so the listbox can use it as a source.It can be referred to by using '=Keywords' in the source of the list box.

What I want to do is run this code when the excel workbook is open so the values from the database are added to the Excel table which means they will dynamically appear in the list box. I'm not sure how to add the values to the existing table in an Excel sheet so any help with this would be appreciated

Private Sub Workbook_Open()

    Dim cn As Object
    Dim rs As Object
    Dim strSql As String
    Dim strConnection As String
    Set cn = CreateObject("ADODB.Connection")
    strConnection = "Provider=Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0;" & _
        "Data Source=C:\UFT\Automation_Interface\Automation.accdb"
    strSql = "SELECT Keyword FROM Keywords;"
    cn.Open strConnection
    Set rs = cn.Execute(strSql)
        MsgBox rs.Fields(0)
    Loop Until rs.EOF
    Set rs = Nothing
    Set cn = Nothing   

End Sub

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Why not simply in Excel

go to Data / Get External Data / From Access

Select your access DB / OK / OK

by Select Table choose your Table or Query and OK

At import Data Click on Properties...

Tick Refresh data when opening file and maybe tick Remove data ... as well

in the tab Definition you can make an SQL command by Command Text and change Command TYpe to SQL
SELECT Keyword FROM Keywords if your table as too much information for example and click OK

Choose the destination of your data

And click OK


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